He will eat courgettes

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Not a huge amount of thriftiness worth talking about or sewing going on at the moment. So here’s a recipe for tasty and cheap midweek dinner that I created on Wednesday:

Serves two adults with a good appetite plus some leftover for lunch the next day

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 courgettes chopped (mine were home grown from my ginormous plant)
  • 1 pepper chopped
  • 1 pack of meatballs, or sausages chopped up, or sausages skinned and the sausagemeat rolled into balls or pack (I used my Tesco reduced bargain 40p pack)
  • 1 tinned of chopped tomatoes or plum tomatoes chopped up
  • Garlic, chopped, crushed or smashed, as much or as little as you like
  • Chilli (optional)

You will also need pasta, breadcrumbs (see my previous post about breadcrumbs) and grated cheese (any sort or a mixture)

  • Chuck all the above in a dish, season with salt & pepper, maybe some spices and/or herbs (dried or fresh)
  • Pop into the oven on a medium high heat. Stir every so often
  • Cook some pasta on the hob
  • When the stuff in the oven is nearly cooked (about 30-40mins) mix in the pasta
  • Sprinkle some breadcrumbs on top
  • Sprinkle some cheese on top
  • Turn the oven up high and bake for another 10 minutes or so until the breadcrumb cheese topping is crispy and golden
  • Eat
  • Yum

Now my husband is not a courgette fan, I quite like them and I appear to be very good at growing them rather surprisingly! I am always trying to find ways to cook them that he will either a) like or b) not realise he is eating courgette (chocolate courgette cake worked well!). This dish was declared good

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Selling online tip

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Selling stuff online? A good photo makes a world of difference to how good and enticing your item(s) look to perspective buyers. Whilst photographing some clothes and shoes to sell on ebay yesterday my husband suggested using some fabric as a background.  It didn’t work because a) the fabric was creased and b) my daughter thought it was a game of hide and seek!

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I just used the wooden floor in the end, hope my stuff gets lots of bids!

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Leftover bread? Not in this house

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Often a celeb chef will say ‘use stale bread for croûtons or breadcrumbs’ but in this house it’s very rare that there is any leftover bread, if there is then it’s usually well past stale and more green! So here’s my tip for making croûtons or bread crumbs; look for a reduced priced loaf, or a value range loaf, chop or blitz up the whole loaf depending on whether you want croûtons or breadcrumbs (or both) and then freeze. Take out what you need as and when and you can pretty much use them straight from the freezer.

Bargains galore!

I do love a bargain. And when I get one, or two, apparently I come home with a smug face, according to my husband.

So he recognised my smug face when I came out of Tescos today.

I’m not one of those people who hang around the reduced aisle, really I’m not, but I just happened to be right by it this afternoon when they annouced reductions of up to 90%! I managed to nab a Finest New York cheesecake for 44p, a pizza for the girls’ tea for 38p, a packet of siciliana style meatballs for 40p and two tuna steaks for 54p. So that’s the week’s shopping sorted!

What’s it all about?

My blog has been live for about a week (possibly longer!) and all I’ve posted is a picture of myself, girls and dog. It doesn’t bode well for my grand plans to take the blogging world by storm!

I decided to write a blog because I’m a fairly creative person and my job is not. I feel it’s making me mundane so I thought maybe writing a blog would be a good way to try and do something a bit more interesting. But what to write about? A general blog about my day to day life is not going to be interesting to very many people, but a blog about one or two of my passions might be, to some people anyway.

As the title suggests I’m thrifty! I’m thrifty because like many people, we don’t earn enough money to fund a champagne life style, or even a cava life style. Also, I do enjoy sniffing out a good bargain and love coming home to crow about how dinner tonight has only cost 99p! I’m often coming up with money saving tips and tricks which maybe of value to others and thought perhaps I should write them down and share them with the world wide web.

Also I like to sew, clothes mostly but have been known to make bags and cushions if the mood takes me. I’d love to have a wardrobe full of the latest fashions but also don’t want to buy from shops that use cheap labour to mass produce poor quality clothing, so this will also be about my adventures in sewing.